Local tree farm gets White House nod, again!

MAHONING TWP., Pa. - September 7, 2010 "My dad did it, my grandfather sold Christmas trees, I'm sure it's part of my genetics, it's part of me. It's all I ever wanted to do."

Chris's dedication to his business really paid off in 2006 when a Douglass Fir from his farm was chosen to be the White House Christmas Tree, back when President Bush was still in office.

Only 5 tree farms in the country have ever been tapped more than once for this honor and there has never been a repeat winner in Pennsylvania until now.

For the 2nd time in 4 years the Christmas tree adorning the Blue Room inside the White House will come from Crystal Spring.

"From our little piece of Carbon County here it's a big honor it's a great honor."

Now, just because this farm has been selected to provide the White House Christmas tree doesn't mean the actually tree has already been chosen.

You see, the tree that was cut and submitted for the nationwide White House Tree competition would never survive until December. So, in three weeks White House officials will descend upon Mahoning Township to pick the perfect evergreen. The only unbendable rule is that it has to be 18 1/2 feet.

Chris says he's not sure which one they will pick but he says he has at least one perfectly sized and shaped Douglass Fir that will certainly be in the running.

Once the tree is delivered to the nation's capitol Chris and his family will once again have the honor of meeting the President of the United States and the First Lady.

Chris takes a lot of pride in knowing that when he's shaking hands with President and Mrs. Obama it'll be the result of a whole lot of hard work.

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